Microsoft silently issues major updates to all six of the Bing apps that ship as part of Windows 8 and RT this morning. These include theFinance, Maps, News, Sports and Travel apps.

Here are the updates in each...

Finance

Key updates to this release of the Finance app include:

  • Updated watch-list
  • Real-time US stock updates
  • Customizable interactive charts

Note: Some features and enhancements may not be available in all markets

Maps

Key updates to this release of the Maps app include:

  • Supports improved driving, transit and walking directions
  • Now includes up-to-the minute traffic incidents notifications including construction and accidents.
  • Save common places as favorites
  • Pin them to your Start screen so that they roam across your Windows 8 devices

Note: Some updates may not be available in some markets

News

Key updates to this release of the News app include:

  • Customize the app to keep tabs on specific story categories, topics, or news sources
  • Supports RSS feeds and offline reading so you can make the news truly your own and take it with you

Note: Some features and enhancements may not be available in all markets

Sports

Key updates to this release of the Sports app include:

  • In-game NBA statistics
  • Chinese Super League soccer results
  • Adds 29 additional sports leagues, with a total of 65 covering Soccer, American Football, Basketball, Rugby, Cricket, Tennis, Motor Sports, Baseball, Ice Hockey and Golf

Note: Some features and enhancements may not be available in all markets

Travel

Key updates to this release of the Travel app include:

  • Now with additional travel content from Lonely Planet, Frommer’s and Frodor’s

Note: Some features and enhancements may not be available in all markets.